Later, speaking at the event, the President said that a special unit will be set up to probe any corruption or malpractices in the project.
The foundation stone for the Moragahakanda project, part of the Mahaweli Multipurpose Project, was laid by President Sirisena in 2007 when he was the Minister of Agricultural Development and Agrarian Services Development.
When completed the project will provide irrigation facilities to 81,422 hectares in the dry zone of Sri Lanka, provide potable and industrial water supply to Anuradhapura and Trincomalee towns and generate electricity by hydropower while opening up 5000 hectares of new land for agriculture development in Northern, North Central, Eastern and North Western provinces.
The Project will generate 25MW hydro-power to the national grid. Increasing inland fish production, provision of potable and industrial water requirements, Eco tourism and effective flood control are the other targets of the project.
Last December President Maithripala Sirisena released water for research purposes for the electricity generation of Moragahakanda. (Colombo Gazette)